When you hear the name Miley Cyrus, what is the first thing to come to mind?
Hannah Montana . . . Oh! Wait . . . Nude. Unflattering… Tongue?
Miley Cyrus made headlines when she released the video for her song Wrecking Ball where she stripped bare for the camera. Everyone is obsessed with this publicity stunt but let’s stop and look at what is really being stripped.
Many of us fell in love with Miley Cyrus on Hannah Montana: a young, sweet but spoiled popstar who loved her daddy. A respectable girl on screen and in real life.
Now we see Miley and think VMAs, no clothes, and sexy dancing. Many of us, especially girls, would like her to throw on some layers whether it be clothing or humility.
Miley is allowing herself to be disconnected from who she is as a person and depicted as nothing but a sexual object. She has allowed the layers of who she is as a beautiful, gifted young artist to be stripped away.
In an open letter to Miley Cyrus, Irish singer Sinead O’Connors wrote, “The music business doesn't give a s— about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted.”
I think Sinead’s comment summarizes this entire situation. Whether it was Miley’s decision or the push of others, Miley has stipped away with her dignity. Where has Miley gone? It is easy to allow for other people to influence us but even easier for us to weaker our own convictions . . . We may try to not be exploited by others but in the end exploit ourselves.
Miley has allowed herself to be stripped down to = SEX. Her clothing, gestures, and music have all been stripped of substance. She is so desperate to prove she is no longer Hannah Montana that she is justifying behavior we all know isn’t necessary to show maturity. In fact she is breaking the hearts of millions.